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1 Surely there is a veine for the siluer, and a place for golde where they fine it.

2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brasse is molten out of the stone.

3 Hee setteth an ende to darkenesse, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkenesse and the shadow of death.

4 The floud breaketh out from the inhabitant; euen the waters forgotten of the foote: they are dried vp, they are gone away from men.

5 As for the earth, out of it commeth bread: and vnder it, is turned vp as it were fire.

6 The stones of it are the place of Saphires: and it hath dust of golde.

7 There is a path which no foule knoweth, and which the vulturs eye hath not seene.

8 The lyons whelps haue not troden it, nor the fierce lyon passed by it.

9 Hee putteth foorth his hand vpon the rocke; hee ouerturneth the mountaines by the rootes.

10 Hee cutteth out riuers among the rockes, and his eye seeth euery precious thing.

11 He bindeth the flouds from ouerflowing, and the thing that is hid, bringeth he foorth to light.

12 But where shall wisedome bee found? and where is the place of vnderstanding?

13 Man knoweth not the price thereof neither is it found in the land of the liuing.

14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.

15 It cannot be gotten for golde, neither shall siluer be weighed for the price thereof.

16 It cannot be valued with the golde of Ophir, with the precious Onix, or the Saphire.

17 The golde and the chrystall cannot equall it: and the exchange of it shall not be for iewels of fine golde.

18 No mention shalbe made of Corall, or of Pearles: for the price of wisedome is aboue Rubies.

19 The Topaze of Ethiopia shall not equall it, neither shall it be valued with pure golde.

20 Whence then commeth wisedome? and where is the place of vnderstanding?

21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all liuing, and kept close from the foules of the ayre.

22 Destruction and death say, Wee haue heard the fame thereof with our eares.

23 God vnderstandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

24 For hee looketh to the endes of the earth, and seeth vnder the whole heauen:

25 To make the weight for the windes, and he weigheth the waters by measure.

26 When hee made a decree for the raine, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

27 Then did he see it, and declare it, he prepared it, yea and searched it out.

28 And vnto man he said, Behold, the feare of the Lord, that is wisedome, and to depart from euill, is vnderstanding.

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Commentary for Job 28

Concerning wordly wealth. (1-11) Wisdom is of inestimable value. (12-19) Wisdom is the gift of God. (20-28)1-11 Job maintained that the dispensations of Providence were regulated by the highest wisdom. To confirm this, he showed of what a great deal of knowledge and wealth men may make themselves masters. The caverns of the earth may be discovered, but not the counsels of Heaven. Go to the miners, thou sluggard in religion, consider their ways, and be wise. Let their courage and diligence in seeking the wealth that perishes, shame us out of slothfulness and faint-heartedness in labouring for the true riches. How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! How much easier, and safer! Yet gold is sought for, but grace neglected. Will the hopes of precious things out of the earth, so men call them, though really they are paltry and perishing, be such a spur to industry, and shall not the certain prospect of truly precious things in heaven be much more so?

12-19 Job here speaks of wisdom and understanding, the knowing and enjoying of God and ourselves. Its worth is infinitely more than all the riches in this world. It is a gift of the Holy Ghost which cannot be bought with money. Let that which is most precious in God's account, be so in ours. Job asks after it as one that truly desired to find it, and despaired of finding it any where but in God; any way but by Divine revelation.

20-28 There is a two-fold wisdom; one hid in God, which is secret, and belongs not to us; the other made known by him, and revealed to man. One day's events, and one man's affairs, have such reference to, and so hang one upon another, that He only, to whom all is open, and who sees the whole at one view, can rightly judge of every part. But the knowledge of God's revealed will is within our reach, and will do us good. Let man look upon this as his wisdom, To fear the Lord, and to depart from evil. Let him learn that, and he is learned enough. Where is this wisdom to be found? The treasures of it are hid in Christ, revealed by the word, received by faith, through the Holy Ghost. It will not feed pride or vanity, or amuse our vain curiosity. It teaches and encourages sinners to fear the Lord, and to depart from evil, in the exercise of repentance and faith, without desiring to solve all difficulties about the events of this life.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 28

  • Crystal
    I believe the only way to have wisdom and understand is to have faith and trust in our Savior Jesus Christ. In this Chapter of Job tells this plain and clear. No matter what Satan did to Job he never blame God for any of it. It show us no matter what Satan does to us we can always trust Jesus. Like it said in 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such is common to man God is
  • Gwendolyn Bethel
    This is my favorite verse , it helps me to meditate more focused . It reminds us that no one or nothing can compare.
  • Courtley hunt
    Job 28 tells about how awsome God is. It makes mention of the of the great understanding of the Holy God.
  • Ernest Brown
    A very interesting chapter endinng just like Ecclestites chapter 12 verse 13. May God be praised, Amen.
  • Timothy L
    Let every human being follow Job 28 28. And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding!!! Oh what PEACE would all find... Also, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Proverbs 9 10 Thank you Jesus Christ my Lord and salvation !!!
  • Lindiwe
    Job here is looking the amazing wisdom of the miners of all type of minerals that are hidden under the ground,such are economic resources peolpe can even fight for and be killed in such battles but he says even that wisdom is not compared to the wisdom that God gives to the person who obeys and fear the Lord. people who always run away from evil are considered people of understanding.

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